Asking questions at job interviews

It might seem that job interviews are all about answering questions but in fact most interviews conclude with ““Do you have any questions?”

Now questions about holidays, working hours and overtime have their place but they are certainly not the questions you should be asking at a first interview.

Much better would be to think about some carefully crafted questions that will let the interviewer know that you have really done your homework and are fully committed to the job. In fact it’s fair to say that many interviewers attach a great deal of importance to the type of questions that you ask at the interview.

So what sort of questions should you be asking?

Questions that demonstrate your knowledge of the organization and reinforce the impression that you are a highly motivated and committed candidate.

For example

“I saw on your web site that you are planning to open an office in New York, what impact will that have on your sales figures?”

“I noticed from your annual report that your profit figures increased by 25% last year, do you think you will be able to sustain that level of growth in the current market?”

Both these questions will impress your interviewer. You are demonstrating that you have taken the trouble to look at the web site in some detail and moreover you have actually gone to the trouble of obtaining AND reading the annual report. That’s impressive!

So before your next job interview think not only about the questions you may be asked but also about the questions you would like to ask.

Asking the right questions can ensure that you stand out from the other candidates and improve your chances of being offered the job.


Jeremy I’Anson


About Jeremy I'Anson

Jeremy I'Anson is the author of You're Hired! Total Job Search 2013 published by Trotman Education. Jeremy provides one-to-one career coaching to job hunters at every level from graduate to CEO. Jeremy writes career related articles for the national press including Computer Weekly and The Guardian. He is the official Career Coach at the Daily Telegraph. View all posts by Jeremy I'Anson

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